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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What do you Hoard?

Lately I have been addicted to the show Hoarders. For those of you that have never seen it you really should check it out. It will make any frustrated mom feel really good about their homes. Basically it is about people "hoarders" that are unable to get rid of stuff because of emotional attachment etc. Some of their homes are piled to the ceiling with everything from empty pill bottles, old newspapers, and clothes to rotting food and dead cats.

View Show HERE

After watching many shows, I have come to the conclusion that I may be a bit of a hoarder. I usually always have one room in the house that is filled to the door with odd stuff. It stays that way for a few months until I do an compete purge and clean it out. I find that every 2-3 months I need to spend a week purging at least one room in the house. Just to note my house never looks like the homes in these pictures.

Recently I tackled my office and filled a van with a load of stuff for the dump as well as a box of garage sale stuff.

What types of things do I hoard?

  • old magazines, catalogues, newspapers, fliers
  • thousands of pieces of paper with one or two notes on them. Often a phone number or meeting time/ date
  • empty boxes and old envelopes
  • old tax papers
  • clothes, shoes and coats
  • shampoo bottles with hardly anything in it
Why do I hoard?

I am a big money saver person. I hate throwing out something that is still good, someone else can use or that I may need again. Seems like once you throw something out, you will need to buy it again.
However, I am not really a true hoarder since I also love to purge. Nothing feels better then cleaning out a room and filling the garbage bags. I love the high I get from getting rid of junk.



Samantha said...

The first picture was creepy looking :) I am a hoarder too, when it comes to some things. But I, like you, get a thrill of cleaning stuff out. I usually have to be just sick of looking at all before I can get in there and clean it out...but when I clean out...I clean out!

Brandy said...

I love that show. It always motivates me. I almost can't make it through a whole episode without geting up and cleaning up something!

Lauralei said...

those shows do motivate - it is hard to believe a house could get that bad - especially the ones that just have pathways - i think the swell would be the worst part